Does this Marx count?

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mattochan
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Does this Marx count?

Post by mattochan » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:07 pm

Hey All,

I found this Marx Pianophone at an estate sale. Is this regarded by the community as a zither? If not, is there a forum fo instruments like this? Would standard zither strings would be suitable to use on this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Matt
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Rudy Mueller
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Re: Does this Marx count?

Post by Rudy Mueller » Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:20 pm

Try "googling" Marx Pianophone" for lots of references. No, this is not a "concert" or "alpine" zither.

Where are you located? Milwaukee County Historical Society has just opened an exhibit entitled "200 years of Milwaukee Music", as cited in Milwaukee Journal "TAPDAILY" section of 1/10/17. Their sites may have some direction.

Some early American cultural/re-enactment groups may be interested.

Rudi

mattochan
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Re: Does this Marx count?

Post by mattochan » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:44 pm

Hey Rudi,

Thanks for the info. I'm in Chicago so I could definitely get to Milwaukee. I'll check that out.

Best
Matt

Rudy Mueller
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Re: Does this Marx count?

Post by Rudy Mueller » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:57 am

Per Kurt E, any NO-NECKED string instrument would fall into the zither family. This would include all of the autoharps, dulcimers, hackbrett, the concert zither, Japanese Quing (??), etc.

The only one with more than 20 strings and is fretted is the concert zither...and there are variants of the concert zither (Arion, Perfecta, etc.), and two basic tunings, Bavarian and Viennese.

Wikipedia has an excellent citation on "zither". r

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